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Norfolk golfers Andrew Marshall and Luke Johnson turn in solid displays in overseas events

PUBLISHED: 17:12 26 October 2017

Andrew Marshall finished tied third in the Mena Tour Championship at the Al Zorah Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. Picture: Tony Rushmer

Andrew Marshall finished tied third in the Mena Tour Championship at the Al Zorah Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. Picture: Tony Rushmer

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Two Norfolk professionals were involved in big end of season tournaments this week - and both gave good accounts of themselves.

Bawburgh’s Andrew Marshall took top billing, finishing in a tie for third in the Mena Tour Championship at the Al Zorah Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates to pick up a cheque for more than £5,000.

The less experienced Luke Johnson from King’s Lynn also had a decent time at the EuroPro Sky Sports Tour Championship at Amendoeria Resort in Portugal, with three solid rounds leaving him in a tie for ninth position.

Marshall was forced to play second fiddle to Sweden’s Henric Sturehed in the UAE, with the youngster winning the event by nine shots, but he was his closest challenger for three rounds before a disappointing finish saw him lose second place.

He opened with a two under par 70 before igniting his challenge on day two with a brilliant six under par 66. Marshall dropped a shot at the second but then recorded seven birdies in 16 holes to move to eight under, with only Sturehed on 13 under ahead of him.

The 44-year-old kept up the good work in round three with a 69 but hopes of securing second place behind the runaway winner suffered an early blow yesterday when he recorded an painful triple bogey six at the second, after birdieing the first.

Marshall hit back to pick up shots at the fifth and 10th but a bogey at the 14th meant he had to sign for a one over 73 and a 10 under par finish. That left him two behind Jack Shepherd (66) and in a tie for third with another English player Adam Sagar (69).

Marshall finished fourth in the Tour’s Order of Merit with around £16,600 in prize money to his name.

Scoring was far tougher in Portugal as the leading 60 players on the Europro Tour’s Order of Merit did battle over three rounds. Johnson opened with a level par 72 featuring three birdies and three bogeys and followed that up with a 73 that would have been better but for a double bogey six at the 14th. A one over total left him well placed to challenge for a top 10 finish yesterday and after a low-key start he played the back nine in three under par to round off his challenge with a two under 70 that earned him prize money of over £2,000.

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